My first memory was of a slap, hard across the face: the sting on my cheek and the jarring of my bones as I slammed back into my bed. It was my dad who had hit me.
I had been four.
Most of my memories were much of the same and no one ever saw, no one ever fought to help, no one ever cared.
Then we moved.
My new neighbor cared, rescued the twelve-year-old I had been from a beating. Always thought I'd suffer the nightmare alone, I was wrong.
Mace Donati saved me that day in all the ways a person could be saved.
And his daughter, Mia, she became the friend I had always wanted, my conscience when my own faltered, the light that led me home when I had lost my way.
The girl who grew into the only woman I would ever love.
But when you realize you're more like your father than the good people who took you in and gave you a home, the only way to return their kindness is to let them go.
I let them go, got so far lost in the shadows I couldn't remember who I was anymore. Mia never gave up on me. She fought for me, kept the light on so I'd find my way back.
And when I did, life threw us a curveball. I had to hurt Mia in order to save her.
But when my past comes back to haunt me and I almost lose her, I'm ready to fight for her...fight to find a way back into her heart while keeping the demons from my past from finishing what they started.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I LOVED His Light in the Dark. A beautiful, complex, heart-wrenching story about friendship, Unconditional love, survival, and doing what you know is right no matter the cost. Overcoming the obstacles life throws in our way and coming out on the other side knowing you did everything possible. It's a story about finding yourself, even in the darkest corners, and realizing that you are stronger than you ever thought possible. Mia is such a strong character. Everything about her brings light to not only everyone else in the book, but to the entire read. I loved getting in her head and connecting with her. She had such a beautiful outlook on life and the way she accepted and loved Cole from the moment she met him was a testament to her character. Mace… oh God Mace Donati is the one character in this story that stood out the most to me. A wonderful father and role model. He was so strong and just so damn GOOD! I couldn't get enough of him and the way he changed Cole's life. The way he saved him and taught him and accepted him… the way he NEVER gave up on him. Mace was one of the real heroes in this story. Cole was so complex. He was sexy and mysterious while also being open to Mia and what she offered him. Friendship and light. He went through so much at such a young age but he was one of the lucky ones depending on how you look at it. His connection to Mace made him so real. A kid that didn't know any better finally had something worth living for. His circumstances dragged him deeper into the darkness, though, and it broke my heart to see such a genuine person broken into pieces. But he was so strong and he had Mia and Mace. He had a real family and despite the things he HAD to do to survive, he came out on the other side a real man with beautiful flaws and a heart of gold. Cole and Mia together was intense! Every encounter made my heart beat faster wondering what was going to happen, who was going to give in, what secrets were going to be told. I couldn't get enough of them. Their relationship is so brilliantly built from an undying friendship to love that conquers EVERYTHING! Every character in this book had such a significant role and the twists and turns were so intriguing and exciting, I just couldn't put this book down! OH MY GOD! It's so amazing! There are things you won't see coming, people you won't be sure you can trust, and you will find yourself sitting on the edge of your chair with your fingers shaking from anticipation. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!! Fiore writes such incredible characters and weaves a story that you can't help but fall into and never wish to climb out. This story will stay with me for a long, long time. It is one of my favorites of the year so far and I can't wait for more! 5+++ STARS!!
Amazing, gripping, addictive read. You will totally fall in love with Mace...the perfect father, protector, savior! What a whirlwind story...there are twists and turns that you won't see coming. You will be so caught up in the tormented, strong hero and his heroine that you won't be able to put this book down. The writing is flawless and the story heart-breaking and heart-warming at the same time. The characters rich and strong. A definite favorite of 2016!!! The first book I have read by this author, but it won't be my last. "Your lost, Cole, but you can always find your way home; the candle has been in the window since you left and I've been waiting." "What I feel for you goes way beyond love."
This book is a must read. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. I will be reading more from this author. I hated for this book to end. I was consumed by this story. Mia and Cole have left a lasting memory for me. I can't wait to read more great books by this author. Congrats to the author on one amazing book. I hope to follow you and read much more.
Overall Rating: 4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆ When all you have ever know is hate, violence and abuse, the first time you are shown how life really should be it’s illuminating! In L. A. Fiore’s, His Light in the Dark, she brings light where there was only darkness, hope where there was only despair and eventually a happily ever after for her main characters. This is Mia and Cole’s story as they journey through life searching for the light that only true love can shine. His first memories are of his dad hitting him, of being hungry and his tummy hurting. His father’s goal is to destroy anything or anyone that Cole cares about. Cole was saved from a severe beating by his next door neighbor. From that time on, Cole learned what a real family was really like. What it was like to be part of one. Mace and his daughter Mia became his real family after that day and he would do anything for them. But sometimes life does not go according to plan and you have to keep you eye on the light to come through the dark. Mia Donati is not only his friend, but also his light. He may not be good enough for her, but she is the one for him. He was her friend, a part of her family, until the day she looked at him and saw a man where a boy had been. Cole is the one she wants forever, but he keeps pushing her away. Mia is determined to bring the light back to his eyes and the laughter to his heart again. She refuses to let him go and will fight to keep him. But life has a way of taking away the things that mean the most and Mia’s loss is devastating. Cole was her constant, her protector and they will come out on the other side together. I am totally enamored with Ms. Fiore and her this amazing book. She not only created a unique and unforgettable story, but she wove beautifully written characters into it. The drama, angst and sexual tension sizzle throughout this narrative. Each character plays an integral part of the plot as it unfolds with its twist and turns. This is a must read for all lovers of a good romance with unexpected intrigue. It is an excellent addition to my library!